We must continue to stand together to make a difference – Albright College

We must continue to stand together to make a difference

Dear Albright Community,

On Tuesday this week, a terrible tragedy in Atlanta occurred – a fatal shooting claiming the lives of eight people, six of whom were Asian women. While the motivation for this shooting has not yet been fully determined, there has been a troubling rise in anti-Asian violence over the last year. We believe that it is important to publicly stand together and condemn such senseless violence. Albright College stands together in support of the families, friends, and loved ones of those who were killed and the entire Asian community.

When tragic events like this occur, we are reminded that at Albright College, our first institutional priority is to create a thriving, inclusive and fully participating community. As such, we must be better prepared to speak out and take action in the face of atrocities, such as this one. Indifference, and even confused silence, allow hatred and intolerance to grow.

In a message to the Albright community in June 2020, our provost, who was then serving as acting president, stated:

It is our responsibility as a college, as a community, and as people, to stand together in the face of hatred and bias, to fight ignorance and intolerance, to say no to apathy and indifference, to speak out, and to offer profound compassion for all who live in fear that the color of their skin, gender identity, ethnicity or religion makes them a target of hate. It is simply not enough to do no harm; we must be anti-racist.

It is our responsibility to strive to be anti-racist. So at this time, I ask each of us to reaffirm our commitment to fight against racism and discrimination in all forms on our campus and in our nation. I ask us to remember our commitment to inclusivity and equity, one that is encapsulated by the Latin phrase Veritas et Justitia — Truth and Justice — that is emblazoned on our college seal. This phrase affirms our belief that the search for knowledge should not be separate from the search for wise and just solutions in human affairs and in the stewardship of the natural world. Combining Truth with Justice calls us to honor, nurture and celebrate human diversity in all its forms, and to reject whatever may negate or endanger the dignity and worth of the human spirit.

As we continue to aspire to be a community that is anti-racist – and we know that this effort takes work and time – please join me in wrapping your hearts around all those who were impacted by this senseless violence and all Asian members of the Albright community. We must continue to stand together so that we can make a difference.

In support and strength,

Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Ph.D., ’82
President and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Albright College